Considering the source material, it really is surprising that the upcoming Warhammer: Chaosbane is the first every hack and slash set in this universe. Of course, there was Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr a while back, but Chaosbane is the first to use the Warhammer Fantasy world, which is honestly a much better fit for the genre. We were fortunate enough to try out the VIP beta of the game, which included the first act as well as two out of the four playable characters
There’s definitely a lot of fun to be had here if you are a fan of the genre but ultimately the game becomes very repetitive. A Dynasty Warriors game on a portable console is undeniably impressive, but the fogging and slowdown undermine the experience. You’ll have fun with this game, but it’s best played in short bursts.
Gameplay: The hacking and slashing is fun initially, but soon becomes repetitive.
Graphics: Not bad, but hampered by lots of fog and some extreme slowdown.
Sound: Nice guitar riffs but no speech
While the XBOX360 has yet to get its own God Of War beater Dante’s Inferno does a damn good job of imitating the antics of Kratos. The action is fast and frantic with some hideous creatures and a interesting story. While those expecting a faithful recreation of the original Poem might not be impressed by what Visceral Games have done to the story, this should not deter you from giving it a go.
Gameplay: Lots of hacking, slashing and a dash of puzzle solving.
Graphics: Hell looks as grim as the poet described it, but also suffers from the usual dull brown and red tones.
Sound: The screams of the damned sound as terrifying as they should
If you are the kind of gamer that sneers at console ports or action games that require a fair amount of finger dexterity then DMC 3 probably won’t appeal to you. If however you stare longingly at the button mashers on console while your PC gamepad gathers dust in the cupboard this is the game for you. Fast paced and action packed with only some minor niggles DMC 3 is a solid game despite its console roots.
Gameplay: Action packed from start to finish.
Graphics: The console roots are obvious but not too shabby overall.
Sound: Nice music and cool voice-overs
I had my reservations about the new Dante, but still ended up enjoying this game due to the involved combat system. Ninja Theory knows how to create action packed games and while it is quite a departure from past titles in the series, this reboot should appeal to fans. Provided you can look past the redesigned Dante that is.
Gameplay: More accessible than previous titles, but with enough depth for veterans.
Graphics: Not bad, but certainly not the best the system has to offer.
Sound: Mostly good voice acting and fitting music
After the excellence of the previous game there were a lot of expectations riding on this sequel and gladly it does not disappoint. God Of War 2 is every bit as good as the original and surpasses it in many areas. There are lots of visceral combat sequences and you’ll be cracking just as many tough puzzles as enemy skulls in this epic game.
Gameplay: Brutal and over the top with a nice mixture of puzzles thrown in with the combat.
Graphics: Some of the most epic set pieces seen in a PS2 game.
Sound: Epic orchestral soundtrack and good voice acting